"Fine fantasy anthology"
On Aglirta, resides Silent House, the Silvertree clan
ancestral estate. For centuries, the dynasty consistently
politically outwitted their foes. However, the real power
behind Silvertree is wizardry for this clan consists of
the most powerful wizards known on Aglirta. However, not
as well known is the price paid for this prowess. Some
would say curse, as souls become part of a depository
controlled by the Silent House, which over two thousand
Sirl Reckoning has become sentient, alive, and protective
of its "wards". These are the stories of ten lost souls
sheltered by an increasingly intelligent essence.
This exciting anthology provides readers with an engaging
look at Aglirta, world of the Band of Four series, but is
much more than just a typical sword and sorcery
collection. Each tale contains an underlying caution
based on Lord Acton's concept that power corrupts, etc.
The key characters are often bewildered as to why they did
a deed as Ed Greenwood cleverly delves into cause, effect,
and after-effect through a person feeling guilt and
questioning their motives though acting courageously.
These heroes understand they make mistakes and though
suffer pangs of sorrow, they can admit errors. Mr.
Greenwood is at its best with this fine look at one of his
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 29, 2004
In the Band of Four series that started with The Kingless
Land, Ed Greenwood introduced the land of Aglirta through
the exploits of a band of four brave adventurers.
But this world has not yet revealed all its tales.
The Silent House
A Chronicle of Aglirta
The Silvertree Stronghold is more than just the family
estate of the feared and awed Silvertree dynasty whose
wizardly powers and political cunning has survived through
But with their power comes a curse.
A curse more terrifying than rival warlords or the mystical
threats of the dreaded faceless -- an inward corruption of
the soul that binds one's power to a downward spiral of
madness and magic.
The Stronghold goes by the name of The Silent House. It is
a soul repository for this dynasty. Two daring treasure
hunters hope to profit from unlocking the secrets of its
past and harvesting the powers of its bounty ¿ but
unbeknownst to them an observer watches their every move,
and waits to make his presence known from the halls of
The Silent House is a Chronicle of Aglirta, the
multigenerational tale of a powerful and feared wizardly